In 2005, SnapPlus, a software created by the UW-Madison soil science department, was released to the public. Today, the software is used on millions of acres in Wisconsin, and growers are seeing the benefits. Josh Hiemstra, a Fond du Lac County farmer states, “I use it because it helps me make better business decisions, better environmental decisions. SnapPlus is a big deal for farmers.” Soil scientist Laura Good explains the benefits of SnapPlus as maximizing fertilizer use without overapplication while addressing water quality, “SnapPlus solves several problems at once, related to distributing manure and fertilizer efficiently while meeting guidelines for protecting groundwater and surface water. The program helps to maintain crop fertility without wasting money or endangering natural resources.” Read the full article here.